Europe Faces Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals by 202

Europe Faces Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals by 202

Nearly 40% of firms want to grow their cybersecurity teams by at least 15% in the next year.

The statistics are based on the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce study commissioned by the information security certification body ISC2.

The survey was based on 19,000 cybersecurity professionals around the world, including nearly 3,700 respondents in Europe.

According to the report Europe faces a projected skills gap of 350,000 workers by 2022, which calls for employers to do more to embrace newcomers and a changing workforce.

The study found that 92% of hiring managers admit they prioritise previous cyber security experience when choosing candidates, and that most recruitment comes from their own professional networks.

48% of hiring managers also admitted they are relying on their social and professional networks, followed by their organisations HR department (47%) as their primary source of recruitment.

The report shows that globally a shortage of talent and disincentives to invest in training are contributing to the skills shortage, with 70% of employers around the world looking to increase the size of their cyber security staff this year.

Concern over data exposure is linked to Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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